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Sea Shell Decor and Furniture

I loved writing my recent blog posts about beach style decor. As we’re now in the last days of summer I want to finish off the beach theme with a post about shell decor. Shells in furniture and lighting are such a unique natural material and they create a distinctive look that is full of light.  I hope that all you beachcombers enjoy scouring the ideas in this blog post, even if you live many miles inland!

Shell collections always look gorgeous displayed in glass jars, as you can see in this Los Angeles beach style bedroom. Shell adds a nautical atmosphere which is a great match for a seaside condo or coastal cottage. Shell also tends to reflect light and one big shell as a centerpiece on a dining table looks pretty by candlelight.

Shell sconceAnyone can enjoy shell decor and furnishings even if you live far from the ocean. For example, this tropical shell sconce light in our online store adds a touch of color and whimsy to a living room, bedroom or hallway. The shell sconce would look pretty in a bathroom too… for all you mermaids!

Currey Shell SideboardImagine teaming a pair of orange shell sconces with this fantastic Currey & Company natural shell sideboard. The intricate detail of the shell-encrusted cabinet is amazing. It’s perfect for your Mediterranean grotto bathroom!

Oyster Shell ChandelierMoving on to the dining room, can you picture this oyster shell chandelier hanging over your dining table? The Aiden Gray chandelier featuring genuine oyster shells is crafted with rustic rope details. Whether you like eating oysters or not, you can enjoy their famous aphrodisiac benefits. The eight electric candles create a truly romantic and unusual glow in your home!

Dale Tiffany Nautilus Shell LampAlthough this exquisite Dale Tiffany lamp is not actually made of shell, I have to mention it because it is hand-made in glass and styled with the sleek lines of a nautilus shell. The new Dale Tiffany Nautilus table lamp is crafted using traditional Tiffany glass techniques and each piece of hand-rolled art glass is hand cut, pieced and soldered by a glass artist. The sleek lines and opulent color ensure that the Tiffany table lamp will be a focal point for your room.
Orange shell throw pillow

Finally, If you’re really going shell crazy, add a throw pillow! This French textile and USA finished shell throw pillow is boldly and beautifully designed with orange coral and large white shells.

The detail is lovely and at a plumply generous 19 inches wide, the square throw pillow makes a gorgeous impact as a finishing touch to your decor.

I hope that I’ve provided a little inspiration to help you come out of your shell… (Groan!) Summer doesn’t have to go away just because the nights are getting shorter. I love the cheerful look of shell decor, as well as the natural beauty. Do you collect sea shells? Tell us about it in the comments!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Bookshelf: The Nautical Home

I’ve blogged recently about Beach Style Decor and Beach Style Textures and Home Accessories so I thought it might be fun to see what new books have been published this summer to add to the nautical decor inspirations!

The Nautical Home

The-Nautical-HomeThat’s the perfect title, although the subtitle might be even better: Coastline-Inspired Ideas to Decorate with Seaside Spirit.

The book is written by Anna Örnberg, the author of many interior decorating books and a keen flea market shopper. Readers who own a coastal home will obviously be interested, but the book is also intended for those who live in a city or a land-locked town, while dreaming of the salt air and laid-back lifestyle of the beach. Anna writes about color schemes, materials, and the finishing touches to capture a life on the ocean wave!

My Cool Houseboat: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Houseboats

Cool Houseboat decorIf you are lucky enough to own a houseboat so you literally live or vacation on the water, here’s the newly-published book for you!

As well as giving tips on how to live stylishly and practically in a small space on a boat, the book offers a tour of houseboats on waterways from as far afield as California, New York City, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.  The author Jane Field-Lewis is a film and photography stylist who has also written books about cool caravans and sheds. I wonder what compact outdoor spaces she’ll write about next?

Beach House Happy: The Joy of Living By the Water

Beach House Happy decorBeach House Happy is written by Antonia van der Meer, the editor in chief of Coastal Living magazine, so she should know what she’s talking about! Antonia sails us around the world to look at the homes of people who are happy to live by the water and who know how to decorate their coastal nests to make every day feel like a vacation. This coffee table book offers 224 pages of sunny inspiration from Florida, Georgia, Cape Cod, California, Mexico, South Africa and many other coastal gems.

Now I think I’m ready for a piña colada and a hammock!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Beautiful Beach Style Decor

Whether you live near the ocean or are enjoying summer in the city, beach style decor is always a refreshing and comfortable look.  I’ve been thinking about the elements of beach style that make this relaxed and cheerful look work. Here are some tips for year-round summer beach style.

Let’s start with blue and white… of course! These classic nautical colors quickly make any space look crisp and breezy.

This home on Whidbey Island in Washington has a wonderful view and a telescope to explore every inch of that view. But even if you aren’t lucky enough to overlook the water, I can also imagine curling up cozily on the window seat and watching the the clouds or reading a book. Blue and white stripes add another nautical touch. A ship’s wheel design on the pillow also looks cute. Telescope and maritime decorFans of Brittany style antique furniture will know that the ship wheel is a popular motif for the sea-faring French region too.

The telescope in the Whidbey Island house looks so authentic… here’s a reminder that we have some antique-style telescopes in our online store if you are looking to buy one!

Pale blue also works fabulously for beach style. There’s a reason that they call it aqua! The delicate blue color in this Calgary bathroom is Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore Paints. The clean white trim and white wainscoting also lends a beach cottage feel. White beadboard always looks so fresh.

Stanley saltbox white nightstand beachyIn a similar vein, this new Stanley Furniture nightstand is a perfect choice for a beach style bedroom, or even as a handy side table in a bathroom or hallway. The white louvered cabinet doors remind us of shutters on coastal houses. The nightstand is also available in other beachy colors: teal blue, tropical Spanish orange, and Gloucester gray.

This beach style decor in this turn-of-the-century cottage once again shows the summery mood created by blue and white. It’s so easy, yet so elegant! White wainscoting and a brick fireplace create visual texture, as do the wicker chairs.

Rattan armchair beach styleWicker and rattan are always practical and attractive choices for a coastal home.  This new rattan armchair that we stock has a rustic and casual feel that will be a great match for beach style decor. Pop it on the porch or use it as an accent chair in the living room. Or just relax in the rattan armchair in your tropically inspired bar area! It’s such a versatile piece. That’s part of the beauty of beach style decor… it works well for all kinds of spaces and all kinds of people.

In my next blog post I’ll look more at the materials and textures that quickly create beach style in your home, as well as the finishing touches of beach style home accessories. Till then, mind the waves!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.